Travel Guide to Africa

South Africa

Africa is a vast continent known for its rich diversity in cultures, languages, and landscapes, ranging from the Sahara Desert in the north to the lush rainforests of the Congo. From the bustling cities like Lagos and Cairo to the wildlife-rich savannas of the Serengeti, offering a broad spectrum of experiences for travellers.

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Landscape

Africa offers stunning landscapes that will blow your socks off. It has a diverse combination of plateaus, mountains, basins, rivers, valleys, and much more. Here are some of the landscapes you cannot miss when you get to the continent.

Love mountains? Then add the Atlas Mountains to your list. This mountain range covers Morocco until Tunisia. Next, be sure to see the mysterious Sahara Desert, which is the largest in the entire world. You can tour certain parts of it, but remember to stay hydrated!

Love history? Take a trip down the iconic Nile River, which is a sight you must visit at least once in this lifetime. This is the longest river on the planet.

For wildlife, we recommend gorgeous South Africa, with its incredible national parks teeming with incredible animals. The most exciting place in Africa in our opinion? Namibia with its stunning Sossusvlei park.

Gastronomy

While exploring the rich culinary traditions of Africa, these are the dishes and delicacies you must try:

Boerewors is a type of South African sausage made from the finest local beef cooked on a hot grill. You can choose to eat it with sauce or on its own! Either way, its robust flavour is sure to become one of your favourites.

Bunny chow, which, despite its name, is not made from bunnies. Instead, it uses chicken or lamb. It is served with a slice of bread. If you are short on cash, this dish can be your go-to as it is very affordable and you can find it practically anywhere.

Finally, if you have a sweet tooth, grab the African doughnut known as Koeksisters for dessert.

Countries to Visit

Africa consists of many countries, so you may find it overwhelming to pick just one to visit. To help you out, here are some of the must-see places and landmarks you should check out.

Morocco – This country is located in North Africa and it is a popular tourist destination. It has bustling cities, calm seas, and snowy mountains, so you will get to enjoy a lot of experiences if you go to Morocco. The local food is something you cannot miss out on too. Make it a point to visit Ait Benhaddou, in particular. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it will allow you to experience the Saharan way of living.

Zambia – This is the best choice for nature lovers. Here, you will find the gorgeous Victoria Falls, which is the largest of its kind in the world. You can view the falls via microlight if you are not afraid of heights. Make sure to look around while travelling, too, as the wildlife seen there is extraordinary. Hippos, giraffes, and plenty of birds roam the countryside.

Tanzania – This is another country for all those who like the outdoors. You will be able to experience the best safaris here and see lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos. If you wish to climb a mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is the place for you. When you get to the top, enjoy the amazing view from above.

Seychelles – If you dream of a stunning honeymoon with pristine beaches, then this is the place for you. Think of buttery white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and exotic huts in lush greenery. This is luxury at its finest.

Namibia – Sossusvlei is a salt flat and dry lake bed, surrounded by large red dunes. Visit Namib, the coastal desert which kisses the Atlantic sea.

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Best Time to Visit

Africa is a year-round destination, depending on the location you wish to visit. For example, if you want to visit Cape Town during the summer, book your flights for November and February. If you do not like rain, avoid the northern areas from November to February. But if you do not mind the showers, these months are great for going bird-watching.

What to Expect

To help you prepare for your trip to Africa, here are some travel tips.

Plugs and Sockets – In South Africa, plugs that are types C, D, M, and N are used. They operate on 230V and 50Hz. Bring your adaptors so you can charge your gadgets without fuss.

Currency – There are many currencies used in Africa. For example, in South Africa, they use the South African Rand. Meanwhile, in Angola, they use the Angolan Kwanza. Make sure to be prepared to exchange money based on the country you are going to visit in Africa.

ATMs – There is an abundance of ATMs in Africa. You can find the machines in any public space. When visiting major cities, you don’t need to worry about bringing cash with you all the time because most establishments accept Visas and Mastercards. When you head to the outskirts or remote areas, you may want to bring cash with you.

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